Sir – Sometimes I think that given the choice between saving a hectare of low-grade agricultural land and solving the national housing crisis, the Council to Protect Rural England would choose the former.

I suppose that, in the countryside, it would see this as its job. But, yet again, it is intervening in the non-rural city of Oxford.

There are suburbs in the city, not villages; there is urban open space in the city, not farms, country or national parks.

The land which the CPRE seeks to ‘protect’ is mostly not accessible to the public.

The council should aspire to do what it says on the tin and not to try to impose its will on city folk.

Roger Jenking, Oxford Liberal Party, Headington